Hepatobiliary surgery comprises the liver and bile, bile ducts, and gall bladder. Surgeons at Sacred Heart Medical Center use a variety of minimally invasive procedures to treat diseases that affect these organs and get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible.
The surgical staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center performs hundreds of successful hepatobiliary operations every year. Typical among them is the liver biopsy.
A long needle is inserted between lower ribs to retrieve sample tissue of the liver for further analysis. Biopsies are used as a more precise form of testing, and they are used to confirm previous test results. Specifically liver biopsies are used to check for liver cancer, cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice.